Diego Bertie returns today to the concerts at the Barranco Station, is preparing an album for the end of the year and composed the song for the film Flora’s inheritance. “The biggest challenge is to sing live again, meet the public, that music be a way of transforming reality,” he answers by phone. One of the questions that he has read the most since he opened his social networks last year is why he left music. “I dedicated myself to paying bills, supporting my family and… I thought that music was not an option,” he says, but adds that he found stability. “Acting gave me a certain peace of mind. What I needed was stability for my life and for my family.”
You say that when something has to happen, it will always happen. Are you in that moment?
(Smiles) It is that when things are, they are. The pandemic made me go back to my initial dream, right? Who am I, Diego Bertie. Who was Diego Bertie as a child, what was my hope in life. Since I was a child I always wanted to be a singer and I sang to my brothers’ lovers. They conquered the girls, but they had a younger brother who sang to them and made them fall in love too. When I broke sticks with Images, it wasn’t out of enmity or anything, but because they decided to follow their path in their professions. I was left alone and I clung to acting, and acting was what gave me a living.
It seems that ‘How difficult it is to love’ has had a second life.
Yes. During the pandemic ‘How hard it is to love’ brought music back into my life. First, Augusto Madueño called me to pay tribute to Peruvian rock. Miki González, Mar de Copas, other artists and myself were there. He proposed the version of ‘How difficult it is to love’ and I recorded it with my cell phone, alone in my house, in a pandemic, abandoned (laughs) and it came out beautiful. Music has literally returned to my house. I mean, I rehearse there, I’ve made recordings and basically the pandemic forced us to work from home, and so almost all the ideas have come from here, from my house. I rediscovered my identity.
You said you’re going to keep acting. Can classic soap operas, or like ‘Leonela’, be made now or are there things that have changed?
I don’t know, I think people like melodrama just the same. But there are many more topics to touch now than before. Beyond the typical or romantic story, I think love has morphed into many different possibilities, right? Families themselves, human relations have changed. The important thing is that you can create a family, a relationship that is sustained, that serves society, right?
Beyond the conventional?
Sure! It can be a family of a mother with three children, a family of two men or two women and children. In other words, the possibilities are endless, the important thing is that there is awareness of nurturing, care, love and the nucleus.
Do you have a date for the single I am my own woman? Is it necessary because there is still homophobia?
Of course. It doesn’t matter what you are, what religion you have, it doesn’t matter what sexual option you have, the important thing is what your action is in life. If it is a loving action, whatever you do, no matter how simple, is a possible transformation. I would like to return to the theater with Man of La Mancha and I am my own woman, but I don’t have a date yet.
What place does music have now?
It is what sustains me, if I watch the news or if I see what is happening in the panorama of the world, I would like not to live (smiles), but suddenly you hear a song or sing with someone and things get a little better. Everything starts at home. We have to deal with politics, but that should come to politics: a little love, love for the country, for this wonderful land that we have. I chose to return because I wanted to be close to my daughter. I want to be here, I chose to be here. And what I want to build I want to build here. If something transcends outside, it will be with the name of Peru.